Spring Clean Your Sobriety

Maybe you’ve been sober for years, or maybe a few months. Do you ever get the feeling it’s time for some Spring Cleaning in your sobriety? It’s time to spruce things up, dust out the cob webs, and give yourself a recovery adjustment. How do you do that? It’s easy. I believe I have to do something on a daily … Read More

Drug Bless America

Drug addiction in America is frightening. Each year our problem increases, the death toll increases, drug-related incarceration increases, and addiction continues to plague our children. The War on Drugs hasn’t worked, Just Say No didn’t work, but what will? via Rehabs.com

Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome – PAWS

Alcohol and drug withdrawal: Acute and Post-Acute. The acute symptoms are what you feel immediately after you stop drinking and/or using drugs, commonly referred to as detox or withdrawal. This is considered to be the first two weeks after someone stops drinking or using drugs. What most people are not aware of, is what comes next. Post Acute Withdrawal symptoms … Read More

Alcoholics Anonymous – Step One

We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Many people say step one is the hardest of them all. Some people stumble over the word ‘powerless’ as if it is some personal attack degrading their strength and making them feel weak. Really, it is neither of those things. I am powerless over alcohol because … Read More

Angela Pugh of Kansas City Recovery

Thank you to The Real KC for publishing a piece of my story and sharing a victory in the world of addiction. My Moment There is always that one moment that changes everything. Some call it a light bulb moment, some a moment of truth, or a moment of clarity. Whatever you want to call it, it is fierce and … Read More

Addiction: When Should You Get Help?

It’s a new year, and oftentimes we find ourselves contemplating change when the new year begins. New year, new you. Many people who struggle with addiction think about quitting regularly. Most of us know when we have a real problem, and most of us know the only solution is to stop. Unfortunately, knowing all of that does not make us … Read More

Am I Enabling?

This is such a challenging conversation I have to have with families everyday. The topic of enabling is not a simple one, and there are several ways we enable without realizing it. First, let’s clear up what enabling is. In a nutshell, this is anything we do that ‘enables’ our loved one to continue the addiction we so desperately want … Read More

AA – To The Newcomer

AA Newcomer Guide

There are so many things to think about as you approach this piece of your life. It is a strange place to be, in your head, thinking about these changes that are necessary, AA, and wondering how it will be. I had a lot of fear about being sober. I feared that I would no longer be funny. I feared … Read More

6 Tips to Stay Sober During the Holidays

Kansas City Recovery Holiday Sobriety Tips

We all know that holidays are a stressful time. Most of us struggle with family issues, trying to manage finances, which house do we go to first, who’s cooking, cleaning, and traveling. It’s a lot to think about and worry about. As addicted people there is a general difficulty coping with emotions. It is at the core of why we … Read More